Tony Allicino is the founder of the Annual Gay Men's Shamanic Retreat. He has been a student and practitioner of shamanism since 1997, and has taught workshops at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, The Open Center, Shantigar, Journeys to the Soul, Spirit Hollow, Kirkridge, Easton Mountain, Menla House, Dawn Manor, and Shamanic Fire Reiki. He has studied shamanic traditions with Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, Tom Cowan, Christina Pratt, Nan Moss and David Corbin, Uncle Angaangao, Ailo Gaup, and indigenous shamans of North and South America, and Nepal; and ecstatic dances and movement with Gabrielle Roth, Emilie Conrad and Alessandra Belloni.
A participant of indigenous Sacred Dances throughout the United States, he is a Grail Reiki Master, graduate of Sandra Ingerman’s Teacher Training Program, an active member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Society of Shamanic Practices (SSP), ShamanicTeachers.com, an SSP Shamanism Without Borders Community Leader, and SSP-Northeast Gathering Organizer. In 2014 he walked his pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela and, since 2007 has hosted a monthly Shamanic Drum Circle in New York City where he lives, conducts classes and sees clients. Starting in 2018, he will serve as assistant to Sandra Ingerman for her Teacher Training Program in Sedona AZ, and in 2019 will co-lead a Shamanic Tour of Sicily.